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1996 chevy cavalier 2.2 liter auto trans 93k

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Feb 18, 2013, 3:01 PM

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Smilei have 1996 chevy cavalier 2.2 liter , auto .trans. that
i bought for my daughter.the car stalled out and would not start,about 150 miles away. i arrived and cranked engine and did not start. i used starter fluid direct into throttle body and started right up. bought new fuel pump at oreilly's auto parts and installed pump.started right up and she droved it home. a few days later the car start to die and would not start. i bought new battery and the car starts , but does rev up when u step on gas pedle. i replaced new gas fram filter, new air filter and still does not accerate when i step on gas pedle, seams like starving for fuel. disconnected gas line and cranked it and filled half gallon of gas in about 4 to 5 cranks,so i know it gets plenty of fuel. i am stumped what to check? doe s any body have any suggestions what could be the problem?THE CAR WILL RUN AT LOW RPM FOREVER.THE MINUTE YOU STEP ON GAS PEDDLE IT BOOGS DOWN AND DIES.

(This post was edited by diawaguy on Feb 18, 2013, 3:37 PM)

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Feb 18, 2013, 3:12 PM

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Unless you took a fuel pressure reading, you don't know that it is getting enough fuel.

All "crank, no start" conditions are approached in the same way. Every engine requires certain functions to be able to run. Some of these functions rely on specific components to work and some components are part of more than one function so it is important to see the whole picture to be able to conclude anything about what may have failed. Also, these functions can ONLY be tested during the failure. Any other time and they will simply test good because the problem isn't present at the moment.
If you approach this in any other way, you are merely guessing and that only serves to replace unnecessary parts and wastes money.

Every engine requires spark, fuel and compression to run. That's what we have to look for.

These are the basics that need to be tested and will give us the info required to isolate a cause.

1) Test for spark at the plug end of the wire using a spark tester. If none found, check for power supply on the + terminal of the coil with the key on.

2) Test for injector pulse using a small bulb called a noid light. If none found, check for power supply at one side of the injector with the key on.

3) Use a fuel pressure gauge to test for correct fuel pressure, also noticing if the pressure holds when key is shut off.

4) If all of these things check good, then you would need to do a complete compression test.

Once you have determined which of these functions has dropped out,
you will know which system is having the problem.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Feb 18, 2013, 3:13 PM)


Feb 18, 2013, 4:29 PM

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As HT said get a fuel pressure reading i saw this similar issue with a 99 cavalier with a 2.2 the shop once before and it ended up being the fuel pressure regulator

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